Wirework Description: Give your bench-made jewelry a unique and distinctive look by creating artisan wire from plain round stock. Students will twist, forge, pattern, and embellish several sizes of brass and copper wire, and then create amazing components, rings, and bracelets in this essential metalsmithing class. Additional session on Wednesday, June 5th (B131795).
Students will Learn: How to create decorative wire; get a basic understanding of work-hardening and annealing; how to make simple jewelry forms and components. Fundamental lessons in cold forging and basic soldering will also be covered in this multi-technique class. If you are interested in metalsmithing, this is the class for you!
Project will be completed in class.
At least 16 years old.
Supplies to Bring: 6-in. ruler, anvil pillow, ball-peen hammer, bench block, cutters, metal files, rawhide hammer, safety glasses, vice, metal ring mandrel, bracelet mandrel. Optional: Metal stamps.
Pliers: Flatnose nylon jaw, long needlenose, standard needlenose, standard roundnose.
Materials in Kit: Brass and copper wire, polishing papers and cloth, consumables used in class, instructions.